I once was lost, but now I am found.
Growing up in a military family, I lived just about everywhere as a kid. When my dad retired from the Army, we settled in Dallas, Texas. The summer after I graduated from high school, as I read the Bible with a good friend, I became convicted of my sinfulness and my need for a savior. I put my faith in Jesus, and went to college as a very young believer.
My early years of following Jesus, in the midst of the hedonism that is typical on a state university campus, were “sink or swim.” By God’s grace, I swam. I connected with a local church in my college years. There I was loved, mentored, and discipled. Ultimately, my wife and I were married there. I was ordained there. Later I would serve on the pastoral staff there for over twelve years. To the saints of that church I am forever indebted. From them, I learned much about grace and much about what the local church should be.
Since 2013 I’ve had the privilege of serving as the lead pastor at Capitol City Christian Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. Because of my experience as a young believer, I am passionate about the local church. I am passionate most of all about my local church – the people God has called me to serve and lead by his grace. Most of what I write here is for the saints I now am privileged to pastor.
My best friend, Kristen, and I have been married since 2001. Together we are raising four wonderful kids: Hudson (2006), Isaac (2008), Elliot (2011), and Carson (2013). From them we learn much about ourselves – and ultimately about God’s grace.
I love listening to music and reading. I foster unhealthy obsessions with the Boston Red Sox and Manchester United. At first, I was a begrudging Husker fan; now I’m all in. I like to run, but not very fast.
Above all else, I’m learning to love the gospel. Learning. For me, growing as a believer has mainly meant finding new ways to apply the gospel to my own heart. I am more convinced of my need for grace today than I was decades ago when I trusted in Christ for the first time. Even this, I believe, is grace.